There is a huge social issue in our country today within the Veteran community – Military Veterans make up approximately 7% of the country’s population, yet account for 20% of the overall suicide rate.
This despair has been created when services, which are meant to reintegrate the veteran back into society, are too difficult to navigate and are often unavailable. The Ripple Effect – Helping Veterans and Families Heal, implements the Veteran’s goals to help remedy this frustration through three ways: education, collaboration and follow through.
First, we educate Veterans as well as their loved ones and the community about the reintegration process with an emphasis on the prevention of suicide and the overall success of the Veteran.
Second, the collaboration of community partners who choose to work with the Ripple Effect in an effort to provide the necessary resources to fulfill the needs of the Veteran and their family, to include: food, clothing, housing, employment, volunteer and community service projects, physical and behavioral health struggles, etc.
Lastly, is the follow through by connecting Veterans with a Veteran Mentor that will work closely with them to ensure their success and to build a close long-lasting relationship. Learn more about our Mentor Program here.
The outcome of the Ripple Effect philosophy of education, collaboration, and follow through is to successfully reintegrate the Veteran and their family back into society. The prevention of suicide will occur naturally as all the needs for reintegration have been met.
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